Youth explore nature at Coloma, El Dorado Hills camps
COLOMA — Calling all campers! Youth, ages 6-11, are invited to explore the outdoors at Nature Camp in Coloma or El Dorado Hills.
For more than 20 years, the American River Conservancy’s Nature Camps have provided youth the opportunity to explore the outdoors while learning about science and nature.
In Coloma, this summer’s theme Energized by Nature addresses how nature’s forces provide energy for plants and animals — including people! Activities include making a snack from a solar cook oven, creating a water turbine and conducting an experiment to see how we can create explosive chemical energy. Spaces are available the week of July 11-15 for the 6- to 8-year-old and 9- to 11-year-old programs. There is a field trip to the Dave Moore Nature Area for both age groups and the 9- to 11-year-olds also participate in an overnight campout along Greenwood Creek.
Backyard Bandits, a separate camp in El Dorado Hills, investigates the outdoors at various nature areas in El Dorado Hills. Youth, ages 7-10, meet at new sites each day from July 5-8. The camp offers a variety of activities: bird watching in an oak woodland park, investigating aquatic life along New York Creek and swimming at the El Dorado Hills Aquatic Center. On the last day, campers kayak on Lake Natoma with California Canoe and Kayak.
All camps are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. unless noted with adult and trained counselor supervision. Some scholarships are still available.
For price details and to register visit arconservancy.org/campregistration or call the education department at (530) 621-1224.
The American River Conservancy is a non-profit community organization based in Coloma that preserves rivers and land for life. The conservancy provides environmental education programs year-round, reaching more than 4,000 K-12 students throughout the school year.